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Is It Possible to Clean and Reuse a Vape Pod?

If you use a pod vaping system, you’ve probably noticed that your choice of vaping hardware can sometimes be a bit on the expensive side to use. Refillable vape pods can often be used several times before coil gunk begins to rob them of their flavor, but let’s be honest; if you use sweetened e-liquid, your pods aren’t really going to last that long.

Pro Tip: If your Caliburn pods require a deeper cleaning, try filling ROBO2020 with cola – regular cola, not diet – instead of water. We’ve found that cola does an incredible job of dissolving stubborn coil gunk. After cleaning your pods with cola, follow with a rinse in plain water and dry the pods as normal. Watch the full ROBO2020 demo to learn more.

On top of that, when you buy new pods for your pod system, you only get two pods per pack – and you pay the same amount of money that owners of sub-ohm tanks typically pay for anywhere from three to five coils. If you’ve spent some time reading about how to maintain a vaping device, you’ve probably seen how easy it is for owners of vape tanks to clean their coils. So, is it possible to do the same thing if you’re a pod system owner?

One of the things that makes cleaning a standard vape coil so easy is the fact that you can remove it from the tank. With most pod systems, however, that’s not possible. The coil is a permanent part of the pod. It’s embedded in the bottom of the pod, and the only way for liquid to get into or out of the pod is through a small filling hole.

The good news, though, is that cleaning a vape pod is definitely possible. The results may not compare to what you’d get with a removable coil, but we think you’ll definitely find it possible to extend the life of your pods this way.

Note that while this article focuses on cleaning refillable vape pods, you can clean your single-use pods the same way. Just remove the pod’s top mouthpiece along with the rubber gasket under the mouthpiece. Once you’ve done that, you can clean and refill the pod.

Cleaning a Vape Pod With the ROBO2020 Automatic Vape Coil Cleaner.

The ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner isn’t just the simplest and best solution for cleaning sub-ohm tank coils; it can clean your vape pods as well. Because of how difficult it is to get liquid through a pod’s small filling hole, you’re going to get much better results cleaning a vape pod if you don’t wait until the coil is so gunky that you’d normally throw the pod away. If you’re trying to clean an extremely dirty pod, you may find it useful to run it through the ROBO2020 vape coil cleaner more than once.

To prepare your pod for cleaning, open the filling hole. Tap the pod while holding it over a sink to release as much of the e-liquid from the pod as possible. Rinsing the pod under the faucet may also help to dislodge some of the surface gunk from the coil.

Leave the pod’s filling hole open. Place the pod inside the ROBO2020 coil cleaner and add water to the cleaner’s reservoir. Hold the pod under the surface of the water until it is completely full. Close the ROBO2020. Press the “Clean” button and wait about 15 minutes for the cycle to complete.

When the cleaning cycle is finished, remove the pod and take a close look at it. Can you see the original bright metal color of the coil, or does it still look pretty dark and gunky? If the coil still looks like it could use a bit more cleaning, put it back into the ROBO2020 vape coil cleaner and press the “Clean” button again. After another 15 minutes, the pod should be ready to use. Empty the water from the cleaner’s reservoir, replace the pod and press the “Dry” button on the cleaner.

Learn more about how to use the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner.

Cleaning a Vape Pod Manually

Cleaning your vape pods in 30 minutes with the push of a button is a great thing. If you haven’t ordered your ROBO2020 yet, though, it’s also possible to clean a vape pod manually in a pinch. You’ll want to begin by following the same process of tapping and rinsing the excess e-liquid out of the pod as we described above. Once you’ve done that, get a bowl and fill it with very hot water. Drop in the pod and stir the water with a spoon. Keep stirring periodically until the water is cool.

After the water in the bowl has cooled down, remove the pod from the bowl and examine it. Does the coil look bright and shiny, or is it still fairly dark and gunky? Most likely, the coil will still be dirty because cleaning a vape mod manually isn’t the most efficient way to do things. Rinse the pod under a faucet again to clear out any gunk that may have broken loose from the coil and is still trapped inside the pod’s reservoir. Fill the bowl with hot water again, place the pod in the water and stir it periodically. Continue this process until you can see the coil’s original white color. It may be necessary to refill the bowl several times.

Once you’ve finished cleaning your vape pod, you can resume using the pod as soon as it’s completely dry. Tap the water out of the pod and leave the pod out to air dry for about 24 hours before you resume using it.

For Easier Cleaning, Try a Pod System With Removable Coils

Pod vaping systems are small, stylish and incredibly convenient. They’re everything that most vapers want. What they aren’t, though, is easy to clean. Manufacturers of pod systems don’t really want you to do that; they want you to use your pods a few times and throw them away. Selling replacement pods, after all, is how those companies make a good portion of their money.

These days, companies have been developing more advanced pod systems – devices with replaceable coils – that you should consider buying if you want a pod system that’s convenient and easy to clean. When it’s time to clean a coil, you can just pop it out of the bottom of the pod and throw it into the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner. You’ll get even better results, and you’ll love your device as much as you love the pod system you’re currently using.

Jason Artman

Jason Artman is the owner and author of eCig One. A full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, Jason’s clients have included corporations such as Intel and eBay. Jason’s online articles have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. After quitting smoking and switching to vaping in 2010, Jason turned his professional attention to the vaping industry and now works with some of the world’s largest vaping and CBD brands.

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